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Monizia edulis - Lowe.

Common Name Carrot Tree
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cliffs[2].
Range Madeira.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Monizia edulis Carrot Tree


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Monizia edulis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Melanoselinum edulis. Thapsia edulis. T. moniza.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[1, 105]. The root tastes like earth nuts when it is raw but is insipid when cooked[2].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a position in full sun in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[200]. Plants are not very hardy in Britain and are unlikely to succeed outdoors in any but the mildest areas of the country. A monocarpic species, living for a number of years without flowering and then dying after flowering[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe if possible, otherwise sow it in early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.

Other Names

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AFRICA: Portugal (Madeira Islands)

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

Lowe.

Botanical References

200

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